In a previous post, I discussed the journey that precedes your breakthrough (Promised Land). Read about it here.
I stated that the journey you will take in order to reach manifestation of the vision the Lord gave you (not the one you developed independent of his guidance), is necessary.
Ultimately your journey serves four purposes:
The journey will force you to submit to and trust more in God than you ever have.
“…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV)
You will find that any and everything you leaned on for comfort will be disabled or removed (temporarily or permanently). Depending on the nature of the vision, you may even find yourself not knowing where your next meal or the money to pay your bills will come from. These situations may be uncomfortable, but they will help you learn how to depend fully on God.
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:2-8 NKJV)
Previously you looked for help in the natural, but God is training you to look to Him to supply your needs and wants (Psalm 121:1; Jeremiah 3:23; Matthew 6:27-33). He is reconditioning you to realize that He is your provider (Genesis 22:14). Your job, parents, spouse, etc. are not the source (they may be the vehicle), but God is the source.
God will put you in situations throughout your journey that will test you in what you do, say and think. You must submit these areas fully to the Word of God.
The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. (Psalm 11:4 NKJV)
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23, 24 NKJV)
Events within your journey will reveal what is truly in you. Personality traits you either eliminated or were unaware of may surface/resurface. These things must be addressed before you reach your breakthrough.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:2, 3 NKJV)
The only way to please God is through faith (Hebrews 11:6) and our faith is proven through obedience (James 2:26). God will allow circumstances to arise that may bother, upset, frustrate, or scare you, in order to see if you will follow His instruction in spite of your flesh.
Continue pushing forward and pressing towards the mark. Rejoice in the Lord through the process and you will reach the promise!
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